The theater district's swanky new nightclub 54 Below is hosting a slew of Broadway's hottest stars this summer, from two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone to downtown diva Justin Vivian Bond. Broadway.com is asking these talented vocalists to share a few musical memories and tell fans about the music that molded them into the performers they are today. Next up is two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz. Butz, who will return to the Rialto this fall in Dead Accounts with Katie Holmes, brings his acclaimed new solo show to 54 Below on August 10 and 11. Below Butz offers musical confessions ranging from The Capeman to The Sex Pistols.
What record/album was your favorite growing up?
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours.
What concert most influenced you as a performer?
Tie: Patti LaBelle in Your Arms too Short to Box With God and Nirvana: “In Utero” Tour.
What is your go-to audition song?
“No Surrender” by Cheap Trick.
What song are you most excited to perform in your show?
Don't make me pull a Sophie’s Choice. I love all my babies.
What musical theater track is the most played on your iPod?
“Satin Summer Nights” from The Capeman.
If you can invite any performer onstage for a duet at 54 Below, who would it be?
What album was the soundtrack to your 20s?
The Bends, Radiohead.
What’s your favorite love song?
“Puff, the Magic Dragon.”
What song makes you feel sexy?
“Diamonds and Pearls,” by Prince.
What is your favorite workout track?
Bruce Springsteen, “Radio Nowhere.”
What’s the best hidden gem in on your iPod?
I think I have a dirty voicemail from my wife in there somewhere.
Favorite break-up song?
Lyle Lovett's “She's Already Made Up Her Mind.”
What song most makes you smile?
“God Save the Queen,” The Sex Pistols.
When this song plays, I can’t help but dance:
“Off the Wall,” Michael Jackson.
Check out Norbert Leo Butz at 54 Below August 10 & 11.